Here’s a quick Ebola virus outbreak update with news from Liberia.
Residents in Liberia are outraged at the government’s delays in picking up dead bodies of Ebola victims on the roadsides. An angry crowd of Liberians blocked the country’s busiest roadway in protest. Tensions continue to mount as there have been nearly 300 Ebola Virus deaths in Liberia and there are great concerns of further contamination. In Guinea, officials have made the decision to close its land borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone. Liberia’s government has ordered that all Ebola victims be cremated since there is so much opposition to normal burials for fear of further contamination. Over forty health workers in Liberia have become infected by Ebola. The Doctors Without Borders charity group working in Liberia has described the conditions as “catastrophic.”
Drastic times call for drastic measures and to slow down the spread of Ebola Liberia has launched “Operation White Shield” where soldiers are deployed in different locations outside the capital to discourage residents’ movements. This is a part of Sirleaf’s emergency measures to better fight the disease and slow down its spread. Health workers are stationed next to soldiers at each checkpoint to take the temperature of every commuter. Anyone who has a temperature above the normal range will be prevented from leaving.